Jodi Nishioka, Sarah Tran
Jodi Nishioka (she/her) has worked for over 20 years on behalf of low-income communities, particularly women, children and immigrant/refugee communities. She started her career as an attorney advocating for immigrant domestic violence survivors and single mothers fighting for child support in legal aid organizations in Boston and Honolulu. Jodi continued her work on behalf of women and children within state and city governments in Hawaii and Seattle and later with grassroots nonprofit organizations. Jodi enjoys her work because it combines her legal skills with her dedication to building power in communities of color and low-income communities. Jodi is also on the Board of Directors of JustLead Washington and enjoys practicing yoga, golfing and spending time with her family.
Sarah Tran is a public speaker, coach, and strategist focused on advancing racial equity and social justice movements. She is the founder and principal consultant of Sama Praxis LLC. Prior to her current role, she was the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC), the first people-of-color led capacity building organization in the region focused on strengthening communities of color. Under her leadership, the organization rebounded from the devastating effects of the Great Recession to become a leading advocate and partner to organizations, foundations, and local government bodies committed to equity. Sarah also helped guide the merger exploration with Wayfind that resulted in the new organization, Communities Rise.